NTSE Overview

// June 3rd, 2016 // NTSE, X class, X class

What is NTSE?

NTSE (National Talent Search Examination) is a national-level scholarship exam in India. This prestigious exam being taken by the NCERT (National Council of Educational Research and Training) helps in screening and nurturing the developing talent of the country. This exam not only aims at strengthening and enhancing the mental capabilities of the developing brains but also it motivates the students to think beyond their limits. Only the students studying in Class 10th are eligible for the selection process. Moreover, students of any Board (CBSE, ICSE, IB-International Baccalaurate, State Boards) studying at any recognized school can participate in this exam. Students registered under Distance Learning Programme or Open Board are also eligible under the conditions prescribed by NCERT on its website. Indian Students studying abroad are exempted for Stage-1 exam, they can directly fill the form of Stage-2 through their schools. The scholarship amounts to Rs. 1250/- per month for all the students studying in Class 11th to 12th (irrespective of class/course) and Rs 2000/- per month for undergraduates and post-graduates except for Ph.D., wherein it is paid as per UGC norms.

NTSE is a two-stage selection process which is divided into Stage-1 and Stage-2.

Stage-1: STSE

STSE is State Talent Search Examination conducted by the State/UT. The States have been given the autonomy to conduct the exam according to the latest pattern of NTSE provided by the NCERT. Each State/UT conducts its own examination. The State level screening examination in all States/UT is on the second Sunday of November except in Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Meghalaya and Mizoram where it will be conducted on second Saturday of November every year. It is the first level of exam where the selection is done through written examination. Those who will clear STSE will be eligible for the next stage NTSE Exam. For Stage-1 STSE, advertisement is released in the month of July-August.

Stage-2: NTSE

NTSE is National Talent Search Examination conducted by the NCERT. Only the candidates who will clear STSE exam will be eligible to give NTSE Exam. Candidates acquiring more than the required percentage in the State level examination and standing within a specified number of top ranks (State quota) are eligible to appear for the national level examination. The minimum qualifying marks for General category is 40% in each paper while for SC/ST/PH candidates it is 35% in each paper. For Stage-2 NTSE, advertisement is released in the month of February-March.

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